11/24/14 11:56am

Michael & Sons, a locally owned heating, cooling, and home improvement business, holds an annual sing off each year among local elementary schools in its service area. The sing off is the best jingle re-created by the kids. To see an example of the Michael & Sons jingle, click this link.

The kids at Patrick Henry Elementary School, located in Seminary Valley, are competing in the jingle sing off and could use the community’s help. They currently sit in third place in the DC Metro area. Let’s show the kids some community love and give them a surge! The kids are competing for a $5,000 cash prize for their school. I have voted, what about you??

To view the submission from Patrick Henry Elementary and to vote, visit this link.

11/24/14 11:23am


Fresh off the inaugural Alexandria Honors Veterans Week in Alexandria, a new start-up in Alexandria helps veterans businesses.


Tech incubator The Bunker is expanding into Greater Washington with the launch of a location in Alexandria, according to Technical.ly.

The Bunker targets existing veteran-owned tech startups and aspiring entrepreneurs. It launched a year ago in Chicago with 19 veteran-led businesses hunkering down for six-month stints that included access to capital and mentorship.

The incubator comes to Northern Virginia as an initiative of the Alexandria Veterans Business Center, an organization that assists transitioning service members obtain employment and foster new businesses.


Read more at this link.

11/24/14 9:27am

This is an update to this post and this post.

We get requests all the time about this park, which is currently having the finishing touches being applied on the Pendleton Street side of the Wythe Street park (Click link above if you have not seen the renderings). Trees are planted and a pathway has been installed. Looks like they have to finish the pathway and some work on the Fayette Street side of the park before it will open.

I have a call into a few people and will update as soon as I have something definitive.

11/24/14 9:10am

Eisenhower West Alexandria virginia
The Steering Committee will hold its eighth meeting TONIGHT (Monday, November 24th, 2014) from 7:00-9:00 PM in the Great Room of the Cameron Station Clubhouse located at 200 Cameron Station Boulevard. Steering Committee meetings are open to the public and members of the community are encouraged to attend and participate in these meetings, as well as the larger community meetings that are being held to solicit input on developing the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan. Meetings will take place over the course of the approximately 18-month planning process, anticipated for adoption in 2015.

Please visit the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan website to see a list of Steering Committee members and view updates throughout the planning process. For additional information or to get involved, contact Radhika Mohan at 703-746-3850.

11/24/14 9:05am

Via AEDP, the Northern Virginia chapter of NAIOP recently held their “Focus on Excellence” annual awards. The Awards Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate significant new contributions to Northern Virginia by the commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate community.

The Award of Excellence for the Best Mixed-Use Project was presented to The Kingsley, the Harris Teeter anchored apartment building which opened this fall in the Old Town North neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

Congrats to The Kingsley and to Buchanon Partners!

11/23/14 8:20pm

Via Facebook, one of our readers writes in to say they found a cat:

We do not want her to go to a shelter. She is friendly and sociable. One of her ears has a nick, and the end of her tail is blond.

She walked into our house about a week ago when I left the door open. I believe she either belongs to someone or was abandoned.

We want to find her family.

Cat found in the Del Ray area of Alexandria, Virginia